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Community Science and Watershed Restoration Intern

Recruitment #24-005734-0005


The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites eligible candidates to apply for an internship with Chesapeake & Coastal Service Unit.

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Tawes, Anne Arundel Co.

Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose of this position is to work with the Center for Coastal Planning to rollout photo monitoring at living shoreline restoration sites. This work will require use of the MyCoast Restoration Tracker phone app.

This internship will also work with the Watershed Restoration Crew to support efforts in ecological restoration implantation, monitoring and maintenance. Interns will learn about ecological restoration techniques for improved water quality, wildlife habitat and climate resilience.

The internship runs (12) weeks between (June and August). The specific start/end dates, hours, and schedule will be determined in collaboration between the intern and supervisor.


Examples of duties related to photo monitoring include:
  • Develop a rollout checklist.  
  • Develop a listserv with template emails and a schedule for listserv engagement.  
  • Create a photo monitoring installation kit for future installations. 
  • Install photo monitoring stations at select sites.  
  • Work with community partners to test and educate on photo monitoring.  
  • Work with the Office of Communications to publish an article or social media highlighting community science.  
  • Review submitted photos for quality control and develop a time lapse slideshow to show site changes over time. 

Restoration duties will vary depending on season and region. Examples of duties may include:
  • Conduct invasive plant and native tree survival surveys and help map results. 
  • Assist with invasive plant control.  
  • Monitor ecological restoration projects and assess establishment. 
  • Assist with plantings.


Applicant must be a current college student, undergraduate or graduate level. A GPA of 2.5 or above is required for academic credit.


Experience and/or skills in communications, Environmental Science, Computer/ Information Science/ Technology/ GIS, Ecological restoration implementation, monitoring and Landscape management.


Please make sure you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the minimum qualifications for this recruitment and submit all additional documentation as required as noted below in the “Further Instructions” section. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and submit the required documentation will proceed to the next phase of evaluation. Candidates may be interviewed in person or via telephone to determine selection.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


The online application is strongly preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may submit a paper application and supplemental questionnaire to: Department of Natural Resources, Human Resources, 580 Taylor Avenue, C-3 Annapolis, MD 21401. The Human Resources unit is not responsible for applications sent to any other address.

Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the application.

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management at ; ATTN: Recruitment and Examination Division. Please note, standard business hours for the help desk are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Inquiries made after hours will be reviewed the following business day. 

If you need to make adjustments to a submitted application before the announcement deadline or if you have general inquiries regarding this recruitment, please contact Alexandra Gast at

Please provide ample time to complete the application template. If you are having technical difficulties submitting an application on the day of the deadline, it is strongly advised that you complete the JobAps physical application template and hand deliver to DNR - HRS at 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401 before 4:30 p.m. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources cannot guarantee that late submissions, as a result of technical difficulties, will be accepted.

Should you not be selected for this opportunity but wish to remain in the loop for future DNR internships, please complete the attached Internship Interest Form.

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Candidates with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply. As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

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